[BUG/REGRESSION] DRM / i915 / 2.6.37 and 2.6.38-rc*: DVI output getsdisabled/reenabled under load

From: Knut Petersen
Date: Mon Jan 24 2011 - 13:49:12 EST

On an AOpen i915GMm-HFS I see the following problem:
The LCD panel connected to DVI-1 gets disabled and then reenabled
under high system load (e.g. -j 15 kernel compile) if I am working on the
framebuffer console (no problems in X).

Kernels affected: 2.6.37, 2.6.38-rc1, 2.6.38-rc2
Kernel _not_ affected:,

Details: There is a DVI (DVI-1) connector and a VGA (VGA-1) connector
The kernel also detects a connector VGA-2, but there is no hardware
connector for that.

I tried to bisect, but that did not provide a reasonable result because
of other problems
with the code.

Further inspection showed: The problem is related to the 10 second
connector rescan.

Idling at the prompt the status of VGA-2 is an almost stable
connector_status_unknown (3).
Under load that changes, the connector status is floating between
connector_status_unknown and connector_status_disconnected. During the
taken after a status changes DVI-1 temporarily gets disabled.

Disabling the connector rescan in the source code fixes the problem,
but obviously that is not the best possible fix ;-)

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